Ian Parker is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is interested in interactions between people and the environment, ethics and social development in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region. His dissertation investigates social aspects of natural resource management and eco-tourism in the biodiversity hotspot of the Raja Ampat islands of eastern Indonesia. He will spend a year conducting ethnographic fieldwork into parallels and differences between exogenous and local marine conservation practices, working in collaboration with the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (LIPI) and the State University of West Papua (UNIPA), with additional support from a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. Ian has consulted for the World Bank in Southeast Asia, and in 2009 coordinated USINDO’s summer studies language program. He has a C.Phil and MA in Anthropology from UC San Diego, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College.